Collaboard

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GDPR compliant online whiteboard with self-hosting options

About Collaboard

Colllaboard is a collaborative online whiteboard software from Switzerland. It offers a new way of a more creative and interactive collaboration in online meetings and workshops, because "Great minds think together".

In Collaboard teams work on an infinite canvas with sticky notes, images, documents, videos, shapes, and much more. Like on a real whiteboard people can write, draw, and sketch ideas with a pen. So, people can visualize their ideas, brainstorm, create mind maps, do complete design thinking workshops, and increase the productivity of remote sessions by working in real-time on a shared board.

In addition, you have a set of templates at your disposal, so you don't have to reinvent the wheel every time. At Collaboard, there are numerous templates, such as on the topics of strategy, marketing, planning, icebreakers, idea generation, education, and digital innovation. With just one click, the selected template can be inserted into the corresponding board.

The software is GDPR compliant and hosted only in Europe. Customers with very high-security requirements and data privacy regulations have the option to choose between special hosting in a Swiss data center, installing an on-premises solution, or to self-host it in your cloud.


Key benefits of Collaboard

1. Collaborate creatively and interactively in real-time: With Collaboard, ideas can be created and shared in an easy and fast way during online meetings and workshops. Participants can brainstorm, create mind-maps, plan projects and do complete design thinking workshops on the online whiteboard.

2. Better connect remote teams: Having everybody on the same board where they can contribute during a session increases the engagement of everybody and bring a remote team closer together.

3. Manage your docs: You can upload different types of documents such as .docx, .pptx, .xlsx and .pdf and easily browse them on your online whiteboard, extract singles pages and create separate elements.

4. Insert images and videos: Besides images, you can also upload videos, record your video directly on the board and add videos from YouTube with a simple drag & drop.

5. Intuitive use of user interface: It is very easy to use the application without having to get lost, confused, guessing, or reading a manual book.

6. GDPR compliant: The software fulfills all requirements and is available as a Swiss version with turned-off tracking features, especially suited for educational institutions.

7. Very high data security: All data in Collaboard are encrypted and stored securely in Europe. There is also the option to self-host the data on-premises or in your cloud.


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Collaboard Software - Infinite Canvas for creative collaboration: The infinite canvas makes you able to plan like on a big digital wall. Take the space you need, zoom in and out, and go to selected areas with quick links.
Collaboard Software - Create mind maps: Insert note cards, text, and shapes, upload images, documents, videos, and connect them. Teams can easily and creatively develop mind maps together on one board and in real-time.
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Collaboard Software - Infinite Canvas for creative collaboration: The infinite canvas makes you able to plan like on a big digital wall. Take the space you need, zoom in and out, and go to selected areas with quick links.
Collaboard Software - Create mind maps: Insert note cards, text, and shapes, upload images, documents, videos, and connect them. Teams can easily and creatively develop mind maps together on one board and in real-time.
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Edward
Edward
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  • Industry: Design
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Let your creativitiy flow with Collaboard

Reviewed on 29/05/2021

For what it offers, it is really good and very handy...

I know there are still a lot of things...

For what it offers, it is really good and very handy...

I know there are still a lot of things that can be improved but as of now, it is really very useful for me...

I use it for making diagrams and taking notes...

Illustrating is a breeze with collaboard.

Pros

I like collaboard because it is very easy to use, I didn't have a hard time understanding it right away when I first used it.

It is also very convenient since it is cloud-based, I can access my boards anytime as well as share access to my clients and friends.

Making mind-maps, illustrations, userflows, UX flows can be done with more flexibility in Collaboard.

Cons

Sometimes it is kinda slow in loading media like images...

Also there's no way to embed external media...would really be nice if you could embed scripts or iframes...

Alternatives Considered

MindMeister

Reasons for Choosing Collaboard

I wanted to make life easier and it seems that collaboard was able to meet my needs.

Switched From

Visio

Reasons for Switching to Collaboard

Colloaboard has more freedome in designing your mindmaps and illustration, it just fits to the my use cases.

Response from IBV Solutions

Dear Edward,

thank you for your positive feedback.

For your information, there is an "embed" feature in Collaboard where you can insert iFrame Code or Website-url. It is in the left menu at the end.

You can find more information about how to do it at https://help.collaboard.app/how-do-i-embed-iframes-and-other-applications-in-collaboard.

Best regards,
The Collaboard Team

Rafal
Rafal
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  • Industry: Management Consulting
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Monthly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Bye bye Mural, hello Collaboard

Reviewed on 20/05/2021

It is a great alternative for Mural (used before). You love it if you want to explain or create...

It is a great alternative for Mural (used before). You love it if you want to explain or create models/schemes. Must have for marketing/software if you want to be clear for customer when describing proces or function.

Pros

+ Great price to functionality ratio.
+ In most cases it is easy for learn and use (with one major issue).
+ A lot of pre-defined templates that you can use (or inspire)
+ Sharing option via link (non-registered) or closed group (registered collaboration)
+ Presentation mode (with timer if needed)
+ Integration with Zoom meeting
+ Grid with "snap to grid" mode when editing
+ adding videos from Youtube

Cons

- no possibility to save and load "pre-sets" like colours, fonts etc - I have to select all options everytime or create one object and then copy it as a "preset" for others. It should have a "bin" with presets and thanks to that I could select something that is previously configured (like Red memo stick with Roboto italic font)

Response from IBV Solutions

Hi Rafa?,

Thank you very much for your review and for your feedback.

Did you know that you can use standard settings for fonts, colors, cards, and connectors? This might solve one of your issues.

Please have a look here: https://help.collaboard.app/how-to-use-default-settings

Kind regards,

The Collaboard Team

Alejandro
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  • Industry: Writing & Editing
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

The poorest execution of a great idea

Reviewed on 26/01/2021

Overall, it has been a horrible experience. I think they should mature their product. It has a lot...

Overall, it has been a horrible experience. I think they should mature their product. It has a lot of glitches. Also, the UI is awful. I don't really care about that, my primary concern is with function ability, and I think that's collaboard main issue. I really wanted this to work for me, but unfortunately is an inferior product.

Pros

This software was supposed to be amazing. The infinite board feature, and the capabilities to embed entire webpages or videos for example are remarkable. The idea is that you can use it as a virtual and infinite board of ideas. You can share it with students, so the tutorials becomes very instructive.

Cons

The problem is that it is poorly executed. Collaboard is in a very early stage of development. I don't know if they were ready to launch. You can't write in the board, because there is some horrible lagging in the system, so your words came out as weird lines. If you try to group a set of elements, it disappears, so you lose all of your content.
Then, if you write to support, they insinuate it's your laptops fault (even when I provided proof that a similar app was working just fine). Which is weird because I can run very modern games in it, and also other virtual boards like aww app. They tell you they are in shock (for the content loss) and that they are going to see the problem right away. But you never hear from them again. Also, they take 2 weeks to respond and then tell you that your mail magically has gone to spam. (I believed them the first time).

Response from IBV Solutions

Hello Alejandro,
we are sorry to hear that you faced some difficulties working with Collaboard. We are investigating your case.

Normally people do not face the issues you describe, so this must be something very specific.

Ann Katrin
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  • Industry: E-Learning
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Value for Money
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Visual Collaboration Software for everyone

Reviewed on 08/03/2023

Pros

It is super easy to use, even people who are not versed in new technology figured it out without tutorials. We use it internally for vizualizing our next steps in our business, but also externally to gather information and ideas in digital zoom workshops. It works just like a regular whiteboard, which makes it so easy to use.

Cons

A few more editing options would be nice

Alternatives Considered

Miro and Jamboard

Reasons for Switching to Collaboard

We appreciate that it is based in the EU over US servers.
Hans
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  • Industry: Professional Training & Coaching
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Endless use cases for trainers, coaches and thought leaders

Reviewed on 01/06/2021

I use Collaboard in numerous ways:

- during online events for assignments. Sometimes for 1 person...

I use Collaboard in numerous ways:

- during online events for assignments. Sometimes for 1 person (each person gets a separate link) or in breakout rooms (each breakout room receives its own link, participants can work together on the same board).
- As an online assessment before a coaching call
- I've converted some of my tools into an online game where participants can draw cards, make moves, etcetera.
- I use it for mind mapping
- I use it for card-sorting
- I use if for notetaking / summarizing

Pros

Collaboard is very easy to use and almost has no learning curve. That's necessary for making impact with the tool, because more often than not you share your board with particpants the have never worked with it.

The product works smoothly and is very intuitive.

When you think a out of the box, then the possibilities are endless: online games, assesments etcetera.

Cons

I would love to see more 'linkability' between the different elements on a board. You sort of can add links which come together in a quick menu, but I want to link directly to other elements so data you build in navigation.

Maybe it's my fault, but what I don't like is that the font size on a yellow note changes (becomes smaller) if you add more text. I would love to see the option of a fixed font size so that in case you have several notes they all look and feel the same.

You can embed websites etc. I sometimes embed Notejoy (a digital notebook) into a Collaboard. This works fine if I am already logged in into Notejoy, but I have to enter my credentials if not. It would be nice if I could add username and password to an embedded object so it always logs in automatically.

Alternatives Considered

Miro

Reasons for Switching to Collaboard

Price and ease of use.

Response from IBV Solutions

Hello Hans,

Thank you very much for your 5-star review and we are super happy that you like Collaboard.

We are working on a linking feature. You will find it on our roadmap as one of the next things we are going to release.

On the notes, you are able to choose a fixed size. You can do this via the default settings for example https://help.collaboard.app/how-to-use-default-settings

Thank you for the idea to optimize the embed feature. Will will think about that.

Kind regards,

The Collaboard Team

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Collaboard FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Collaboard.

Collaboard offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: €3.00/month
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Free - 0 EUR for up to 3 projects (boards), selected whiteboard features, up to 5 participants per board. Personal - 3 EUR per user/month (billed annually) for unlimited projects (boards), selected whiteboard features plus adding YouTube videos, up to 10 participants per board. Basic - 5 EUR per user/month (billed annually) for projects (boards), whiteboard features like in the personal subscription plus team management, up to 50 participants per board, and up to 20 guest users per board. Advanced - 10 EUR per user/month (billed annually) for unlimited projects (boards), all whiteboard features including facilitator tools, unlimited participants and guest users per board plus option to host data in Switzerland (on-request).• Enterprise - all of Advanced plus options to self-host on-premises or in own cloud (Azure, aws), SSO, company branding, admin dashboard and more. Customized plans are available on request.

Collaboard has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1,000, 1,001–5,000

Collaboard supports the following languages:

English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Swedish

Collaboard supports the following devices:

Collaboard integrates with the following applications:

Microsoft Teams, Nextcloud, Pexip Secure collaboration, Pexip Secure meetings, Pexip Virtual Courts, Rocket.Chat, Webex

Collaboard offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support

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